Words are Categorical
Books with Antonyms



Stop and Go, Yes and No:  What Is an Antonym?
by Brian Cleary and Brian Gable

This Words are CATegorical title describes and illustrates antonyms from the most basic (yes and no, fast and slow...) to more complex antonyms (diminutive and hefty) and discusses how prefixes (dis, non...) can help in creating antonyms.

(Note: There are also two books on synonyms. Click your browser back button, then scroll to the bottom of the page.)


As always, the funny rhymes and the wild feline antics add that extra verve that keeps kids turning pages.

Chances are, the adult in you won't love these books, but then again, that's not really the point. What really matters is that kids love this series (in our experience, especially boys.) You will be amazed to see how much your kiddos take to them, making teaching this subject all the more enjoyable.


We've tried other kids books on antonyms, but this series seems to be the most effective at reaching children and getting them excited about the subject.

Interest Level: K-Gr. 3             DRA Level: 28            Lexile Measure: 550L

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Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy: More about Antonyms

by Brian Cleary and Brian Gable

More antonyms fun, building on Stop and Go, Yes and No (above). This title includes more examples of types of antonyms, including a section about how prefixes can be used to create antonyms (ie: logical vs illogical, pronounce vs mispronounce.)


We have so many books in this series on this website that we often feel like a broken record because our review is always the same---basically, that this is a series that works!

The zany illustrations and bouncy rhymes make the learning so fun and natural that even reluctant students get energized and engaged during a read aloud of this book.

In their review, Booklist said, "The language-arts curriculum connection makes this a natural choice... but the book’s quick-paced writing and visual zip extend its appeal way beyond that of most grammar books." 

Interest Level: Gr. 2-5           Lexile Measure: 750L


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You may also want to check out other Words are Categorical series books. To learn more about this great series, click on the book covers below or link above.